Capital Area Private Defender Service

Rick Flores

ACDLA Selected Member

Licensed:  11/2007 Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins


Rick’s practice is primarily focused on defending clients against criminal charges at all levels. Prior to defense work, Rick served as a prosecutor for 4 years with the Travis County Attorney’s Office where he was the lead attorney in over 60 trials. Since joining the defense bar in 2011, Rick has defended clients throughout Texas, is a former CAPDS panel member, and respected trial attorney in Travis County.

Kellie Bailey

ABA Selected Ex Officio Member

Licensed:  11/1993
Law Office of Kellie Bailey

Kellie is a graduate of the St. Mary School of Law, 1993 and the University of Texas BA in Psychology, 1990.  Kellie dedicates her practice to criminal defense including a large number of mentally ill defendants.  She previously worked with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and is a Texas Bar Fellow and a Texas Monthly Rising Star.  She serves on the ACDLA Board of Directors.

Sidney Williams

CAPDS Board Selected Ex Officio Member
Licensed:  11/2003
The Williams Law Firm

Sidney is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, 2003 and the University of Texas BA, 2000.   Sidney was honored as an Endowed Presidential Scholar, a Heaman Sweat Endowed Scholar, and a Thurgood Marshall Endowed Scholar.

Arnold Garcia, Jr.

Public Member

Voting Board Members

Non- Voting Board Members

Novert Morales

ACDLA Selected Ex Officio Member

Licensed:  11/1995
Founding Partner Morales Law Office


Novert earned his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and his law degree from Texas Southern University. He has been in private practice since 1995 and is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas.


Novert Morales is a Board Member of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a former Director with the Texas Young Lawyer Association and former member of the Bar Leadership Committee of the State Bar of Texas.

He is currently a member of the College of the State Bar and has been awarded “Business Man of the Year” by the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is currently an Ambassador with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Edwin Dorn

Public Member

​Edwin Dorn teaches defense policy and courses about the relationship between race and immigration policy. He was dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, Dr. Dorn spent 20 years in Washington, DC. He worked on civil rights and education policy in the Carter administration and served as undersecretary of defense (Personnel & Readiness) in the Clinton administration. During the 1980s, he was affiliated with two Washington think tanks: the Joint Center for Political Studies and the Brookings Institution. A native Texan, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin (Phi Beta Kappa). After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he completed his Ph.D. at Yale University. Dr. Dorn’s major publications include “Rules and Racial Equality” (Yale University Press) and “Who Defends America?” which he edited (Joint Center for Political Studies Press). He was an adviser to the PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.” He is chairman of the board of the Kettering Foundation and serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Seton Family of Hospitals.

Honorable Mike Lynch, Retired

Oversight Committee’s Judicial Selected Member Licensed:  11/1974
​Retired Judge of the 167th District Court
Judge Mike Lynch served in every part of the criminal justice system during his career.  He retired as Senior District Judge in 2012 after 20 years on the bench.  He graduated from Amherst College in 1969 and the University of Texas Law School in 1974.  Judge Lynch practiced criminal defense from 1974 until 1985 when he became an Assistant Attorney General from 1985-1987.  Judge Lynch next served as a Division Chief for the Travis County Attorney from 1987-1988 and an Assistant District Attorney from 1988-1992.  He ended his prosecuting career as Chief of Public Integrity Unit from 1989-1992.  Judge Lynch was the original proponent of a Managed Assigned Counsel program in Travis County.  He first saw the opportunity to improve indigent defense on the bench and has steadfastly advocated for Travis County to adopt the Managed Assigned Counsel model.

Jana Ortega

ACDLA Selected Member

Licensed:  11/2003 Owner Ortega Law

For over 10 years, Ms. Jana Ortega, owner of OrtegaLaw, has focused solely on representing those accused of criminal offenses. After graduation from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2003, Ms. Ortega has provided first class representation on minor and major offenses while maintaining a professional and competitive law firm that delivers outstanding client service.

Jana has served in numerous leadership roles in non-profits including currently serving on the Board of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  

Alan Bennett

Secretary

ABA Selected Member

Licensed:  11/1987
Partner at Gunter, Bennett, & Anthes

Alan graduated from Baylor School of Law in 1987.  He began his legal career as an assistant County Attorney in Travis County from 1987-1988 and moved to the District Attorney’s Office from 1988-1992.

Alan entered private practice in 1992 focusing exclusively on criminal defense.  He accepted court appointments from 1992-1998.  Alan is a member of ACDLA and TCDLA, serving on ACDLA's Board of Directors 2010-2014 and was Presiding Director in 2012-2013.  Alan has been involved with the Managed Assigned Counsel program development since the very first meeting in 2012.

Betty Blackwell

President

ABA Selected Member

Licensed:  11/1980

Law Office of Betty Blackwell


Betty is a criminal law practitioner who is Board Certified in Criminal Law.  She received a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas in 1980.  She served as Chair of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline from 2006-2011, as Presiding Director/President of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the ACDLA, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association.  She was appointed by Governor Richards to the Texas Punishment Standards Commission that re-wrote the Texas Penal Code, and by Governor Bush to the committee that rewrote the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. 


She has lectured at the Advanced Criminal Law Seminar for the State Bar of Texas and at the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal law seminar for over 10 years. She authored a 3 volume treatise for West Publishing company, along with Judge Michael McCormick, entitled Texas Criminal Forms and Trial Manual. 


She served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas, Criminal Defense Clinic and annually oversees the ACDLA's Annual Ethics Seminar.   

Capital Area Private Defender Service BOARD of Director



Our Board of Directors was crafted to provide a balanced and highly experienced team to ensure a diverse and comprehensive approach to indigent defense service delivery.  Our board has hundreds of years of criminal law experience and is comprised of judges, lawyers, and private citizens.  Our voting board consists of seven members.  Two members are selected by the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA), two members are selected by Austin Bar Association (ABA), our county Oversight Committee selects one retired judge, and two members of our community are selected by our board.  Additionally, our board includes three non-voting members who will advise the board while continuing to represent indigent clients.